North's Stoehr gives up wrestling for Georgia State football

While the football recruitment season represented a beginning for North Gwinnett's Alex Stoehr, who signed his National Letter of Intent with Georgia State during National Signing Day ceremonies at the school Wednesday, it also represented an end.

In addition to being named Gwinnett County's Offensive Lineman of the Year by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club for the second straight season, the Bulldogs' senior right tackle was also one of the state's top heavyweight wrestlers throughout his high school career.

But with a college football career with the Panthers as they enter the Sun Belt Conference this fall to think about, Stoehr decided to give up wrestling shortly after North competed at the Class AAAAAA state dual meet championships last month.

"I was talking with (GSU's) coaches, and I just felt that I needed to just start getting back in the weight room and focusing on my football stuff," Stoehr said. "I want to start as soon as I get there."

The biggest initial task will be regaining the more than 30 pounds that he had to lose to make the state's heaviest weight class (285 pounds), something he says he's on his way to doing.

"Right after football season โ€” the night we lost to Lovejoy (in the Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals) โ€” I weighed 317," Stoehr said. "I lost 28 pounds in eight days. It's what I needed to do. I got down to 283, but now I'm at 289 or 290. I'm probably going to be 295 (soon), but it will be all muscle weight."